Cross Pictures has optioned the film rights to Julie Cross’ time-travel young adult novel “Tempest,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Producers are siblings Scott and Sean Cross, who are not related to Julie Cross. The Cross brothers are the co-founders of the Los Cabos International Film Festival, which launched in 2012, and the Vail Film Festival, which began in 2003.
Executive producers are Brendan Deneen, head of Macmillan Entertainment, and Mimi Polk Gitlin, a former producer for Ridley Scott and former executive at Grosvenor Park Media. She and Scott produced 1991’s “Thelma and Louise,” which Scott directed.
“Tempest” is the first of a science fiction trilogy that also includes “Vortex” and “Timestorm,” published by Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan Publishers. “Tempest” was published in 2012, followed by “Vortex” in 2013 and “Timestorm” in 2014.
The story follows a 19-year-old time traveler who witnesses his girlfriend’s murder and inadvertently jumps back two years. While stuck there, he’s recruited by a shadowy government agency run by the man he thought was his father and vows to save his girlfriend.
“We are excited to be working with Julie Cross, Brendan Deneen and Mimi Polk Gitlin to develop this heartfelt yet thrilling and engaging young adult trilogy,” said Scott Cross.